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Ryland and Dean

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of New Canal-street, Birmingham

1848 Advert: 'TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE TREATY, the STOCK, TOOLS, MACHINERY, PATTERNS, and GOODWILL of the BUSINESS, now carried on under the Firm of Ryland & Dean, of Birmingham, and formerly in the name of Alexander Dean.
The Stock comprises a variety of Agricultural Machines, of great celebrity, which will be disposed of separately, or in lots to suit Farmers and others : consisting of portable steam-engines, prize thrashing machines, horse-gears, chaff machines, linseed-oil crushers, corn-crushers; corn-mills, suitable for hand or other power; union corn-mills, with improved driving-gear, to take on from two to twenty men ; a large assortment of wrought-iron work, iron and brass castings, timber, and other materials.
The Tools and Machinery are the highest order, exceedingly complete and efficient, aud calculated to turn out work of the first class to a very large amount: including a very superior high-pressure table steam-engine and boiler; several very superior and powerful lathes, from 5 feet to 24 feet in the beds ; large facing-lathe, to take in 10 feet diameter; boring-mill, excellent planing-machine, drilling-machines, screwing machinery, anvils, vices, and a large stock of forging, turning, and sundry other tools.
The Patterns embrace a very choice, valuable, and extensive variety in corn-mills, corn and linseed crushers, thrashing machines, chaff cutters, and other agricultural machines, aud the general millwright and engineering departments; and include valuable patented and registered machines, and others which have been notoriounsly successful in obtaining the prizes of the leading agricultural societies; and the connexions are unequalled for extent and respectability.
Arrangements may be made for the disposal of the above Business in one Lot, or in two or more Lots to suit purchasers, and to be carried on alone or in connexion with any other established business, with which view it may subdivided follows, viz.:—
Lot 1. The Stock of TOOLS, PATTERNS, CASTINGS, Finished and Unfinished STOCK, and all Materials belonging to the manufacture of Dean’s Patent and other Corn-mills, ' Prize Linseed - crushers. Corn - crushers, Mult-mills, Chaff; machines. Oilcake-breakers, Bone-mills, Cider and Pulping Mills, &c. Owing to the high character many of these Machines have obtained (especially the Linseed-crushers, which have taken the prize at every meeting at which they have been exhibited), very extensive and profitable trade may done, with a moderate capital, in this branch of the business.
Lot 2. The TOOLS, PATTERNS, CASTINGS, and other Materials, and the Finished and Unfinished STOCK, belonging to the manufacture of Dean’s Registered Prize Thrashing-machines and Horse-gears, Tile-machines, &c. These Thrashing-machines are in great notoriety in every county in England, the Horse-gears, having taken prizes at no less than ten agricultural meetings, will ensure an extensive demand.
Lot 3. The valuable TOOLS, PATTERNS, CASTINGS, and Finished and Unfinished STOCK, belonging to the general Millwright and Engineering Department: including an unrivalled variety in Corn-mills, suitable for small Millers, farmers. Union-Workhouses. &c.; Water-wheels, Saw - mills. Rice or Paddy Mills. Planters’ Sugar-mills, Clay-mills. &c.; a very complete and extensive variety in Table, Vertical, & Horizontal Steam-engines, from two to fifteen horse power ; and Portable travelling Steam-engines (for thrashing, sawing, and railway and other purposes), of two, three, four, and six horse power, of universally acknowledged superiority.
For further particulars and to treat apply to Messrs. RYLAND and DEAN, New Canal-street, Birmingham.' [1]


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  1. Bristol Mercury - Saturday 29 July 1848